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New York Washington DC & the Mid-Atlantic Trips by Lonely Planet
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For what this volume is, it's pretty good. The problem is that it is simply impossible to do justice to the variety of trips possible in the areas being covered--New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, DC. No volume like this can do justice to so many venues, each loaded with a variety of potential trips. Thus, the end result is a little thin. Nonetheless, it is useful in providing a sweep of possible trips in the several state area.

Some quick examples of nice suggestions. . . . "The Boys of Summer" is a baseball trip, starting with Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Park (where the Knickerbockers set rules in the 1840s), to the Yogi Berra Museum, to Citizens Bank Park (in Philadelphia), and so on. Baseball fans would enjoy the trip.

"The Civil War Tour" begins at the Manassas (Bull Run) battlefield(s), to Petersburg, to Appomattox Court House. There are also suggestions about dining and other non-battlefield sites along the way.

Finally, "Niagara Falls & Buffalo." I enjoyed that area (I went to graduate school at the State University of New York at Buffalo). I think that the trip spends too much time on Naiagara Falls and not enough on Buffalo, but that is a matter of taste. The starting point, unsurprisingly, is Niagara Falls. Many sites there; then, on to Buffalo, with noteworthy places including a Frank Lloyd Wright house and the Albright Knox Art Gallery (a treasure).

But, when this book tries to outline a handful of trips in places like New York City, it is just too thin. Still, for what it is, it works.

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